Pohick Bay Regional Park

Pohick Bay Regional Park photo
(Mike Healy/Northern Virginia Regional Park)
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Editorial Review

Lying among hills and streams in southern Fairfax County is Pohick Bay Regional Park. The Indians called this land "Pohick," the Algonquin word for the "water place." Today, Pohick Bay is still the water place. The park has a bayside setting on the historic Mason Neck peninsula. Mason Neck is an ecologically fragile area that shelters a profusion of wildlife, particularly the bald eagle. The developed recreation areas are concentrated to minimize the intrusion on nature.

The park's scenic 1,000-acre family campground is open March through October and features 150 shaded sites -- 50 tent sites and 100 with electric 30-amp hookups. All sites include a grill, fire ring and picnic table. The park has several trails, as well as a mini-golf course, an 18-hole par-72 golf course, various boat rentals and an outdoor pool (open through Labor Day).

Features:

Boat ramp and storage; marina building
Bridle paths, four-mile trail
Campground; 150 family campsites, 100 with electric outlets
Disc and miniature golf
Driving range and pro shop
Fishing
Golf course; 18-hole, par-72
Hiking trails
Outdoor swimming pool (Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day)
Picnic area with shelters
Sailboat, johnboat, canoe, kayak and paddleboat rentals (summer)
Snack bar